, Salem, MA


March 9, 2013

Auto Scanner: Suspicious sounds coming from Chevy pickup


A: I have a few customers with the same year, make and model as you, and they’re absolutely in love with their cars. It’s a nice car with a very comfortable ride, so let’s try a few things to locate the problem. The first step is to open the hood and look at the wiper tray and fresh air inlet screen located under the windshield. Make sure it is clear of all leaves, pine needles and other obstructions. Next, use a hose to slowly run water in each corner. The water should flow easily out the bottom and onto the ground. If that is not happening, then the drains are blocked. It’s easy to clear the drains with compressed air and a few bent coat hangers. I did a search on the ALLDATA information systems for technical service bulletins and came up dry. I am sure you will find it and perhaps have another 10 years of enjoyment from this very comfortable car.

Car Care Tip: When you have your car serviced, ask if the shop has a system to remind you when your next oil change is due. This will help you to avoid running the car too long without an oil change.


Larry Rubenstein is a master technician who owns a North Shore service station. His column appears every Saturday. Write to Larry at The Salem News, c/o Auto Scanner, 32 Dunham Road, Beverly, MA 01915, or send an email to

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